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UFC News: Brian Ortega in trouble with the cops after slapping Korean Zombie’s translator at UFC 248

Korean Zombie and Brian Ortega

Yesterday at UFC 248, former UFC featherweight title challenger Brian Ortega slapped Korean Zombie’s translator Jay Park. Korean Zombie was present at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas alongside his translator in the fighter section.

The altercation allegedly happened while Joanna was making her way towards the Octagon. The whole bad blood between both started when Jay Park served as the translator for TKZ during an Ariel Helwani episode.

According to Park, Ortega waited until Korean Zombie went to the toilet and then slapped him.

Following the confrontation, Brian Ortega was escorted out by the security guards at the T-Mobile Arena. During the post-fight press conference, UFC president Dana White confirmed that some sort of physical altercation took place between Ortega and TKZ, but he was unsure about the reason behind this.

(Ortega) and the ‘Zombie’ got into a fight, which is completely unlike both of their personalities,” White said. “‘Zombie’ doesn’t even speak English, so I don’t know what the hell he could’ve said that would get Ortega to start going crazy. But, yeah, it was weird.” (H/T – MMA Junkie)

Brian Ortega in trouble with the cops

Now it looks like Ortega may be dealing with legal issues as well. Korean Zombie’s manager Jason House said that a police complaint has been filed following the physical altercation. He sent out a statement to the MMA Junkie.

Both teams were contacted prior to last night’s event and were asked by the UFC to be respectful and to not have any confrontations,” House wrote. “Our team respected the UFC’s request and maintained our professionalism throughout the night. Police reports were filed immediately after the incident occurred and now it’s a matter for law enforcement officials to handle. Korean Zombie has always been a class act and will continue to be. Our objective remains the same; to put ourselves in the best position both inside and outside the cage to become the featherweight champion this year.”

Dana White wouldn’t like the police report filed by Jason House’s client. White had previously said during the post-fight press conference that he wanted to avoid legal trouble.

Listen, we don’t want that,” White said. “We don’t want anyone getting arrested.”

What do you guys think about this whole incident?


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